Philippines rescues 14 Vietnamese women in captivity

Philippine police announced the rescue of 14 Vietnamese women and 10 Chinese who are victims of human trafficking and imprisoned in Paranaque City.

Philippine police launched a rescue operation after receiving reports of a group of foreign women being held captive in three apartments in an apartment complex in Tambo area, Paranaque city, Manila area, Lieutenant General Jose Chiquito Malayo, representative Representative of the Philippine National Police, said on September 27.

Philippine authorities rescued 14 Vietnamese and 10 Chinese. They arrested two Chinese suspects Du Wei, 36, and Fang Zeng, 28, who were guarding the victims, accusing them of violating the 2003 Anti-Trafficking Act. The suspects and victims were taken home. Paranaque Police Department of Women and Children.

The victims were apparently promised stable jobs in the Philippines but then forced into prostitution. Philippine police are working with immigration authorities to determine whether the victims and suspects have legal documents.

A worker walks past the casino at Okada Manila in Paranaque, Philippines, July 11, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File Photo

A casino in Paranaque, Philippines, on July 11. Image: Reuters.

The Philippines earlier this week announced the shutdown of 175 gambling companies and deported about 40,000 Chinese workers, following a series of reports of murders, kidnappings and other crimes by Chinese nationals against the local community. their scent.

Online gambling emerged in the Philippines since 2016, the companies providing this service increased exponentially. Follow Diplomata report released by Philippine congressmen in January found “a clear link” between online gambling and illicit practices such as human trafficking.

The situation has put Philippine officials under increasing pressure and need to act. In early September, Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva introduced a bill to ban and punish all online gambling in the Philippines.

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